From The Rev. Anne B. Jolly on Saturday May 23, 2020:
We look forward to worshipping together online on Sunday with the same joy, diversity of voices, singing boldly (with no fear of others hearing), new coffee hour connections, and unity of faces and hearts that we have created together. We will not be worshipping in person until we have a carefully considered plan in place to ensure that we are loving our neighbors by keeping them safe. The Vestry and staff are working with the framework provided by the Diocese to plan for when we will return to in-person gatherings. We believe that our Zoom worship allows for a greater level of connectivity and community than a worship gathering of 10 or less people would, without the challenges and risk. As soon as we have finalized our moving forward plan, we will share it broadly. See you Sunday!!
StG's YouTube channel where we post recorded worship later in the day: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxHGApU5hGW4T781ry8Njew
As Christians, one of the primary tenents of our faith is to love our neighbors as ourselves. During the Covid 19 Pandemic, the primary way we do that is to stay home, socially distance, wear masks, and wash, wash, wash our hands. We owe it to each other to be diligent in these measures.
In order to comply with both Governor Pritzker’s order and the guidance of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago (Covid-19 page), our building is closed, but not our church. We continue to worship online (link), study online (link), and care for each other (link to Care page). Even though the current order for the State of Illinois (coronavirus.illinois) allows for churches to gather with groups of 10 or less, we are not going to do so until we have a well-developed plan to make sure everyone is safe. The Diocese will release guidelines for re-opening for groups of 10 or less sometime this month, and we will use those as our framework. While we want to be physically together, we more importantly want to make sure everyone is well.